Once again the track at Payson High School will be alive and alight with the annual Relay for Life festivities this weekend.
Tonight (Friday), starting at 6 p.m., 33 teams, along with their friends and supporters, will gather at the Payson High School track to begin a 12-hour relay to raise funds and awareness for cancer research and support for victims of the disease.
The relay will conclude at 6 a.m., Saturday, June 6. Team coordinator DJ Craig said there are about 400 people participating on the 33 teams, but with all the supporters, it is expected that around 1,000 people or more will be at the field at one point or another during the course of the event.
The highlight of the evening is the luminaria services at 9 p.m. Special luminarias will be placed all around the track and then lighted. There will be a moment of silence and then a march around the track to a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Each name represented by a luminaria will then be read aloud.
“It takes about an hour and is really moving,” Craig said.
While the luminaria service is a somber one, plenty of other activities are planned to keep everyone’s spirits up and energy high, including a midnight pajama party for anyone interested in participating — there will be prizes in a number of different categories.
He said a variety of games and entertainment are planned. Among the games will be three-legged races, hula and limbo contests, a scavenger hunt, tug of war and games of chance. A petting zoo is planned and a dunk tank, which will feature a number of local celebrities. There is going to be a silent auction, plus a number of raffles. Plus there will be all kinds of foods available for sale from the teams to raise extra money for cancer research.
Craig will be providing music throughout the evening and a number of live acts will also be performing, he said.
The campaign has already raised $20,000 and much more is expected to come in the evening of the event.
So, be part of the fun and the fund-raising for a great cause and join the American Cancer Society and all your friends and neighbors at the 2009 Relay for Life from 6 p.m., Friday, June 5 through 6 a.m., Saturday, June 6 at the Payson High School track.